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 (kō-ăs′ər-vāt′, kō′ə-sûr′vĭt)
A cluster of droplets separated out of a lyophilic colloid.
Of or relating to a cluster of droplets.
tr.v. co·ac·er·vated, co·ac·er·vat·ing, co·ac·er·vates
To cause to form a coacervate.

[From Latin coacervātus, past participle of coacervāre, to heap together : co-, co- + acervāre, to heap (from acervus, a heap).]

co·ac′er·va′tion n.
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(kəʊˈæsəvɪt; -ˌveɪt)
(Chemistry) either of two liquid phases that may separate from a hydrophilic sol, each containing a different concentration of a dispersed solid
[C17: from Latin coacervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap]
coˌacerˈvation n
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(n. koʊˈæs ər vɪt, -ˌveɪt, ˌkoʊ əˈsɜr vɪt; v. -ˌveɪt, -veɪt)

n., v. n.
1. a reversible aggregation of liquid particles in an emulsion.
v.t., v.i.
2. to make or become a coacervate.
[1620–30; < Latin coacervātus, past participle of coacervāre to heap up]
co•ac`er•va′tion, n.
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Microchannel emulsification using gelatin and surfactant-free coacervate microencapsulation.
(2010) used gelatin-DNA nanosphere coacervate as gene delivery vehicle to express the CFTR-gene into human tracheal epithelial cells [77].
De la Noue, "Factors affecting protein release from alginate-chitosan coacervate microcapsules during production and gastric/intestinal simulation," Journal of Controlled Release, vol.
Sashie's work revolves around the belief that the coacervate is a universal model and basis for all systems and organisms, simple and complex.
Various back-extraction solutions were studied to evaluate their efficiencies by adding 600 L of the solutions to the coacervate phase with sonication of the resulting mixture for 3.0 min.
Evmiridis, "A single-reagent method for the speciation of chromium in natural waters by flame atomic absorption spectrometry based on vesicular liquid coacervate extraction," Spectrochimica Acta B, vol.
Solids coagulated with chitosan known as coacervate (CWP) were collected by centrifugation (1300 g).
Above the cloud point temperature, aqueous solution of a nonionic surfactant separates into two phases, namely, a surfactant rich phase, which has small volume compared to the solution and is called coacervate phase, and the other is dilute bulk aqueous phase containing surfactant concentration slightly above the critical micelle concentration (CMC) [6].
The data from the studies reviewed here show that the complex coacervate protoplasm, studied now for about 150 years [145, 174, 175], is susceptible to poisoning by high charge density polyvalent cations, for example, [Al.sup.3+], [Hg.sup.2+], and [Pb.sup.2+].
Above the cloud point the micellar solution separates into a surfactant rich phase known as the coacervate phase with a small volume and into a diluted aqueous phase with a large volume.
The particle surface of fluorosilica is rough, which can be explained by Smoluchowski coagulation relationship (31), in which to the aggregation into larger coacervate occurs during the growth of primary particles results in larger particles.